From GND News
By Matthew McCabe
Published June 18th, 2014
In the wake of the seemingly endless occurrence of gun violence in America today, President Barack Obama continues to push for gun control reforms in the United States. However, reforming gun control laws in the US is a thorny subject with roots that go as far back as the very founding of the country.
When the colonists of America rebelled against the rule of the crown in England, it was the ownership of guns that allowed the American Revolution to succeed. Fearing that a central government with too much power could ruin the very way of life they had fought for, America's Founding Fathers made room in the Constitution for every American citizen to own a gun.
According to the Second Amendment of the US Constitution:
"A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Throughout the history of America people have spoken out against any attempt to curtail the right of individuals to own a gun. With so much violence occurring in American streets, something has to be done. The president's solution is to improve gun control, or perhaps even come after gun rights altogether. There are a few reasons that Americans need to worry about protecting their gun rights.
First and foremost, the right of an American citizen to own a gun is provided in the Constitution. Since the nation's founding, this document has been used to guide social and political policies. The solution to gun violence does not rest in violating this right, but rather in creating better enforcement and regulation in the US.
Second, the government isn't likely to succeed in creating better regulation and oversight. The US government's own failed "Fast and Furious" campaign to ensnare drug lords in Mexico with shipments of guns proves that tracking guns is not something the federal government does very well.
It is not fair to lay the blame for gun violence at the feet of responsible gun owners. Likewise, it is foolish to assume that removing guns or placing extreme restrictions on ownership would result in less violence. If that was the case, how does the government explain attacks such as the stabbing rampage that occurred at a Pennsylvania high school that injured 22 students? Should knives be banned now as well?
Last but not least, the whole of the nation does not stand behind the removal of guns. According to HuffPost/YouGov poll in April 2014, 51% of Americans are against tighter gun control. Those who fear stricter gun control tend to have a high level of distrust for the federal government. These people do not want to be punished for poor oversight and the actions of a few.
The solution to America's gun problems lies in the adoption of better background checks and preventative technologies. RFID chips are readily available today, but widely underused. This technology uses a chip implanted directly into a weapon, or on a device nearby, to control who uses a gun. Without passing the authorization of the RFID chip, a gun won't fire. Rather than pursue technology aimed at creating so-called "smart guns," the president seems more interested in taking guns away from Americans.
I thought the author of this article was half way intelligent and did a great job until I read the last paragraph. Are you that STUPID Mathew!!! I guess so!
That is the equivalent of taking all guns away even while it is still in your hand! WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON ANYWAY MATHEW?
I have to admit this is genious mind control by the government. Making you think you still have 2nd Amendment gun rights because you still have possession of the gun in your hand, but all they have to do is instantly activate the chip through satellite and the gun is useless. They can do that to all "Smart Guns" in the country instantaneously. You might as well have a toy gun!
Mathew is a perfect example of some of the dumb asses in this country who will actually believe this is a good idea without interfering with the 2nd Amendment. Ha!
Mathew, you should never write another gun article again! We don't need people like YOU trying to represent us responsible gun toters.